The online fundraising platform GoFundMe has shuttered the account white nationalist Tom Pierce created to solicit funds to finance his campaign for the 9th District County Commissioner seat in Knox County, Tenn.
Pierce, who has described “Islam, Judaism and other foreign religions [as] dogmas that are opposed to Biblical Morality,” addressed the company’s decision on Wednesday.
“If everyone that supports me could spare one or two dollars then I could easily raise enough for any and all advertising I would need associated with this campaign,” Pierce wrote in a Facebook post. “The Go Fund Me website [sic] has removed me so if you would like to donate to the Campaign [sic] you can message me and I’ll send you my mailing address.”
Pierce has been actively engaged in the white nationalist community for more than five years.
A national board member for the white nationalist Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), an organization that “oppose[s] all efforts to mix the races of mankind, to promote non-white races over the European-American people,” Pierce received the CCC's activism award at the group's annual conference in 2011. Since joining the organization, he has attended several CCC sponsored events, including “Celt Fest,” a social function billed as a place to “meet other white folks [and to] embrace White Celtic Culture and Lineage!”
During the 2012 presidential election, Pierce helped well-known anti-Semite Merlin Lloyd Miller, the presidential candidate for the American Third Position (renamed the American Freedom Party in 2013), get on the ballot in Tennessee.
Besides working with the suit-and-tie set of American white nationalists, Pierce also was involved in the racist skinhead scene. He attended a demonstration against drug abuse in Knoxville organized by Blood and Honour American Division and a social gathering coordinated by the defunct racist skinhead group Volksfront in 2011.
Most recently, in 2013, he helped create South Knox Ten Mile, an east Tennessean extremist group aimed at sharing “common Western, Christian values.” The group also has partnered with the white nationalist Traditionalist Youth Network (TYN) on several occasions. Pierce, TYN's leader Matthew Heimbach, as well as other South Knox Ten Mile members, demonstrated against white genocide, a racist idea that white people are suffering from a racial genocide brought on by immigration and multiculturalism.
GoFundMe would not reveal the details or reasons for closing Pierce’s account.